Monday, October 19, 2009

HTC Hero, 3 Mobile and Spotify

Mobile phone operator 3 has been somewhat lagging behind the iPhone party in the UK but today has announced that like its pioneering of Skype it is to be the first to bundle Spotify’s premium music streaming service. The premium service usually costs £9.99 per month and is the only version that works on phones, allows downloads and offers higher quality sound. Although Spotify is available on an iPhone today you have to pay so this offer starts to rewrite the music market in the same way as they did with Skype and begs the question as to whether others will follow or expect their customers to pay for these premium services directly.

3 will bundle the Spotify service on their first Android phone, the HTC Hero , when it launches next month. The HTC Hero has a 3.2-inch HVGA display, AGPS, digital compass, gravity-sensor, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, a five mega-pixel autofocus camera and a MicroSD memory slot. The Hero also includes a dedicated search button that enables you to search through Twitter, locate people in your contact list, find emails in your inbox or generally find stuff on the handset.

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